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University Honors Counselor - Admissions & Courses

Categories: Pacific Region 9


University Honors


University of California, Riverside

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Position Description

The University Honors Counselor – Admissions & Courses is responsible for providing counseling services to a diverse caseload of approximately 250 University Honors students. Using the principles of developmental advising and a knowledge of teaching and learning theory, the incumbent promotes student development and academic success to University Honors students by guiding them in making a successful transition to university-level academics; satisfying University Honors requirements and responsibilities; developing leadership and team-building skills; participating in campus and community service; pursuing involvement in high-impact educational experiences; conducting undergraduate research; and completing a capstone project.The position provides program management in the areas of University Honors admissions and courses, including oversight of the annual application and admissions process to University Honors for incoming first-year students, continuing second-year students, continuing third-year students, and incoming transfer students; analysis of University Honors course data, course history, program needs, and enrollment trends; utilization of the Course Request and Maintenance System (CRAMS) to create, revise, and resurrect University Honors courses; collaboration with academic departments and individual faculty members in the scheduling of quarterly University Honors core courses and elective courses; and recruitment and evaluation of discussion-leaders for quarterly University Honors courses.The incumbent works closely with dedicated University Honors faculty and professors, who mentor students in pursuit of their capstone projects, and collaborates with academic advisors in the colleges and departments to ensure that students are making progress in pursuit of their academic goals.


Delivers academic programs to students that enhance academic success through group, one-on-one, and course-based formats of service for a wide range of learning issues in a discipline for a broad scope of academic courses (e.g., lower-division writing across the curriculum; a cluster of biological science courses; lower division pre-professional trajectories in math/statistics).Counsels a diverse group of students to promote scholarship, engagement, and student success. Monitors requirements for graduation with University Honors distinction. Evaluates and advises students requesting exceptions to requirements. Refers students to appropriate campus support programs. Participates in program evaluations to implement necessary improvements. Contributes to the maintenance of a student-portfolio system. Manages the creation, revision, resurrection, and scheduling of quarterly University Honors core and elective courses and the recruitment and evaluation of discussion-leaders for select University Honors courses. In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Faculty Director of University Honors, and the University Honors Faculty Fellows, manages the annual application and admissions process to University Honors for incoming first-year students, continuing second-year students, continuing third-year students, and incoming transfer students.Applies and implements innovative academic support service models to support and enhance student learning, academic success, and intellectual development.Serves as a liaison to specific programs, student service departments, or advising units.Other duties as assigned

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Contact Information

Aaron BushongAdministrative DirectorUniversity Honors381 Surge BuildingRiverside, CA


Required Qualifications

Minimum of 5 years related experience.Knowledge of how learning skills apply to a research institution. Multicultural competencies, knowledge and experience working and interacting effectively with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations.Problem solving and organizational skills.Knowledge of program development, data gathering, assessment, and evaluation skills.Knowledge of academic curricula.Experienced knowledge of specific learning theory, learning styles, affective issues, academic issues, and socio-cultural/linguistic issues in applying academic support to students.Knowledge of current research and theoretical models that influence the application and delivery of academic services (e.g., discipline specific, student-population specific).Knowledge of strategies in critical thinking, reading, writing, note taking, test taking, time management, and goal setting.Skills and judgement in decision-making.Interpersonal skills.Experience with student academic program administration and/or leadership development for varying class levels (freshman through senior).Experience in effectively analyzing and interpreting policies, procedures, and guidelines and in evaluating complex concepts and applying them appropriately.Skill in accurate record keeping with strict attention to detail.Skill in working independently, setting priorities, and completing assignments with minimal direction.Knowledge of Microsoft Office, e-mail messaging, web-based software applications, and a student information system.Knowledge of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times.

Preferred Qualifications

2 years of experience with first-year learning communities and/or high-performing students.2 years of experience with admissions processing in higher education.2 years of experience with course scheduling in higher education.2 years of experience using a student information system.May require knowledge of NCAA policies, rules, and regulations.Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models.